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Commissioning Editor (9 month FTC) – Little,Brown


What we offer

We offer a vibrant, fun and creative environment within an enthusiastic and creative team. As part of Hachette, you will have access to competitive benefits, an extensive training library and development schemes such as mentoring.

Who we are and what we do

Sphere Non-Fiction at Little, Brown Book Group are looking for a Commissioning Editor for a parental leave contract, starting August 2020. This is a fantastic opportunity to work within one of the most exciting and versatile commercial non-fiction imprints in the industry.

Entertaining and informative, our non-fiction includes cookery titles from The Great British Bake Off, Thug Kitchen and  Gwyneth Paltrow; humour including Very British Problems, Richard Herring’s Emergency Questions and 52 Times Britain was a Bellend by James Felton; activism with Gina Martin’s Be The Change; true crime such as Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me; high profile autobiography including Ant and Dec, Mitch Albom, Busy Phillips, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kevin Pietersen; and animal narratives including Little Alf and Curious Zelda.

What you’ll be doing

The role will be split across managing and publishing an exciting list of existing projects from both high-profile and up-and-coming authors – across true crime, memoir, current affairs and lifestyle – and acquiring more commercial non-fiction of this ilk to complement the Sphere list.

The role will be based at Carmelite House in Blackfriars, London once it is safe for the office to reopen. In the meantime, we will provide you with the technology needed to do the job from home, and can promise plenty of support and virtual communication to help welcome and settle you into Little, Brown life. Reporting to the Editorial Director, you will be working alongside the Sphere non-fiction team with support from Project Editors within Little, Brown Book Group.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll be an editor, assistant editor or commissioning editor, who has experience editing and managing a wide range of commercial non-fiction. We’re looking for someone who understands the complexities of commercial non-fiction publishing and thinks strategically across all formats of a publication, with real focus given to international and audio opportunities. Strong communication skills, a team-playing attitude and an understanding of the importance of metadata are essential, as is a meticulous eye for detail and the ability to prioritise and work well under pressure. You will have previous experience of editing and project-managing within a trade publishing house, and will also need to demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects to deadlines.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

Closing date: 10th June 2020

Salary: £30,000 – £32,000 dependent on experience

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